Emma Roddick MSP urges people across the Highlands & Islands to shop local this winter.

SNP MSP Emma Roddick is urging people across the Highlands & Islands to shop local this Winter, ahead of tomorrow’s [Saturday 3rd December] Small Business Saturday. Ms Roddick has stressed that the pressures facing small businesses over the last few years means that there has never been a more important time to shop local wheneverContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP urges people across the Highlands & Islands to shop local this winter.”

Emma Roddick MSP says fallout of Brexit is an unwelcome distraction for Scotland’s haulage industry’s journey to Net Zero.

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has stated that Tory economics have had a detrimental impact on the road haulage industry in Scotland. Citing fuel costs, complex Brexit paperwork, driver shortages, and cabotage and groupage issues linked to the Tories’ hard Brexit, Ms Roddick said that the industry has been fighting an uphill battle. MinisterContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP says fallout of Brexit is an unwelcome distraction for Scotland’s haulage industry’s journey to Net Zero.”

Highlands & Islands MSP announced as Centre for Homelessness Impact ‘End it With Evidence’ Ambassador

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has recently been named as a Centre for Homelessness Impact ‘End it With Evidence’ Ambassador. The UK-based charity champions evidence-led change by better collection and use of data on homelessness. Speaking in the recent online Impact Forum run by the charity, Ms Roddick shared her own experienceContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP announced as Centre for Homelessness Impact ‘End it With Evidence’ Ambassador”

“Labour and Tories in absolute lockstep,” SNP MSP Emma Roddick say both the UK Government and their opposition are ignoring Scotland’s needs.

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has called out Labour and the Tories for ignoring Scotland’s immigration needs. Questioning the Scottish Government on the effects of increased inflation on Scotland’s public services, Ms Roddick highlighted the value of those coming to live and work in Scotland, stating the need for more powers to deliver aContinue reading “Labour and Tories in absolute lockstep,” SNP MSP Emma Roddick say both the UK Government and their opposition are ignoring Scotland’s needs.

Highlands & Islands MSP meets Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team in Inverness

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick met today [Friday 18th November] with Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team for the Highlands in Inverness to speak about the service they provide in the area. Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery service was launched in November 2021 and offers support to people face-to-face or over videoContinue reading Highlands & Islands MSP meets Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team in Inverness

Highlands & Islands MSP presses Government on the impact of carbon offset schemes on rural depopulation

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has told the Scottish Government that private investment in carbon schemes needs to complement, not damage, the needs of surrounding rural communities. The SNP MSP linked the schemes, which often involve rich private investors buying up land in the Highlands to sell carbon credits, to depopulation, saying that communitiesContinue reading Highlands & Islands MSP presses Government on the impact of carbon offset schemes on rural depopulation

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for pain pathway after meeting with Ehlers Danlos Organisation

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has called for the Scottish Government to use its plan to improve services for those with chronic pain to introduce a pathway for dealing with conditions that cause it, after meeting with groups who campaign for better treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder. The SNP MSP,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for pain pathway after meeting with Ehlers Danlos Organisation”

Highlands & Islands MSP says the narrative of Gaelic and Scots as languages of the past must change

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has told the Scottish Parliament that there is a future for Gaelic and Scots as languages, expressing that the Scottish Highlands are still rich in Gaelic culture. Speaking in the debate on the Future of Gaelic and Scots, delivering part of her speech in Gaelic, Ms Roddick welcomed theContinue reading Highlands & Islands MSP says the narrative of Gaelic and Scots as languages of the past must change

Highlands & Islands MSP sponsors social housing shelter event in Scottish Parliament, sharing lived experience of homelessness

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has sponsored a Shelter Scotland event in this Scottish Parliament this week. Attendees of the event, titled Social Housing as the Foundation of Social Justice, heard from speakers Alison Watson, Director of Shelter Scotland, SallyAnn Kelly OBE, CEO of Aberlour, and Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, HousingContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP sponsors social housing shelter event in Scottish Parliament, sharing lived experience of homelessness”

Emma Roddick MSP leads debate on mental health stigma in the workplace

Emma Roddick MSP has led a Members’ Business Debate in the Scottish Parliament on the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. The Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted that a report by Centred, a mental health organisation based in the Highlands, had drawn her attention to figures from See Me’s Scottish Mental Illness Stigma study,Continue reading “Emma Roddick MSP leads debate on mental health stigma in the workplace”